2016 was a big year for SUVs, crossovers and other utility vehicles. So what's in store for 2017?
This right here is expected to be one of the hottest segments of 2017. With the demand for SUVs and crossovers consistently on the rise, manufacturers are scrambling to launch as many new models as possible.
We’ve seen several major launches this year, including the Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, and the updated Ford EcoSport. Here’s a look at the cars to look out for next year!
Datsun’s biggest launch this year was the redi-GO hatchback and the Nissan subsidiary is looking to repeat its success with the GO Cross. The concept was showcased at this year’s auto expo and it’s based on the GO+ sub-4 metre MPV. It wraps a little crossover livery around the GO+ MPV to add some butch appeal and will feature elements like black body cladding, skid plates and roof rails. It is likely to share its 1.2-litre petrol engine with the GO and GO+.
Expected price: Rs 5-7 lakh / Launch Expected In: Mid-2017
The Honda Jazz-based WR-V crossover was revealed in November this year. It features a new face that looks more like the CR-V and features a different front grille, in addition to body cladding that aids its SUV-look credentials. It also gets daytime running LEDs and, apart from the interior, the engine options will be shared with the Jazz as well – 1.2-petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines, with the petrol likely to be available with an automatic transmission. It goes up against the likes of the Toyota Etios Cross, Volkswagen Cross Polo, Fiat Avventura/Urban Cross and Hyundai i20 Active.
Expected price: Rs 8.5-10 lakh / Launch Expected In: Mid-2017
The Tata Nexon has been on test for quite a while now. The compact SUV goes up against the Ford EcoSport and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, and Tata is hoping to keep the Tiago’s sales success going throughout its range by entering this highly competitive segment. The Nexon is likely to get a 1.2-litre petrol engine and 1.5-litre diesel mill, with an AMT option expected as well. Its feature list is likely to include a touchscreen infotainment system, an 8-speaker Harman sound setup and multiple drive modes.
Expected price: Rs 7-10 lakh / Launch Expected In: Mid-late 2017
The facelifted S-Cross has already gone on sale in the UK. In its updated iteration, the S-Cross gets a new set of projector headlamps, a larger front grille and new wheel designs. While it is expected to retain the current 1.3- and 1.6-litre turbodiesel engines of the current model, it is likely to get a petrol engine in India now as well. In all likelihood, it will use the same 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine that will make its way into the Baleno RS, but in a different state of tune.
Expected price: Rs 8.50-12.50 lakh / Launch Expected In: Mid 2017
The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was launched earlier this year and has become a blockbuster success. However, it’s currently available with just one powertrain – a 1.3-litre turbodiesel engine paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Maruti Suzuki was supposed to launch the petrol variant in 2016, but it has now been pushed to 2017 to cater to the SUV’s existing demand first. The motor will be the 1.0-litre BoosterJet turbo-petrol mill which will produce around 110PS of power.
Expected price: Rs 6-6.50 lakh / Launch Expected In: Early 2017
The Ford EcoSport has received a facelift and is the first Ford vehicle that will be exported from India to the USA! It now features a chunkier front grille, new wheels, and a sunroof may be offered too. The interior is completely new and includes a new steering wheel, instrument cluster and a freestanding touchscreen infotainment system. Mechanically, it is expected to continue with the existing range of engine and transmission options – 1.0- and 1.5-litre petrols, along with a 1.5-litre diesel.
Expected price: Rs 7-10 lakh / Launch Expected In: Late 2017
The petrol versions of the XUV500 and Scorpio could be introduced next year. The engine itself has been on test for over a year and is expected to be built new from the ground up, with only the lower block shared with the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine currently used in the SUVs.
Expected price: Rs 9-11 lakh / Launch Expected In: Mid 2017
One of the most highly-anticipated launches of 2017 and Tata’s first new launch since the Tiago. The Hexa is Tata’s answer to the XUV500 and while it’s based on the Aria’s platform, it features a butch new design and features like a 5-inch touchscreen infotainment screen, 10-speaker JBL sound system and multiple drive modes. It also gets all-wheel drive and is powered by the same 2.2-litre Varicor400 diesel engine used in the Safari Storme. Both 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions are available, with the base variant offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Expected price: Rs 12-15 lakh / Launch Expected In: January 2017
The Honda CR-V was revealed in its new generation at the Detroit Motor Show. It is likely to make its way to India next year, though it remains to be seen if a diesel engine will finally be offered. Highlights of the fifth-generation CR-V include LED headlights, a hands-free powered tailgate, a new dashboard and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
Expected Price: Rs 23-28 lakh / Launch Expected In: Mid-late 2017